Contemporary art in Seoul

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Selected by a committee of respected gallerists, the following Ocula Member galleries are considered to be among the best in Seoul.

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Some of the best international contemporary art can be found in galleries in the historic Jongno-Gu, such as Kukje Gallery. The core exhibitions in the gallery's art space highlight the most promising Korean artists and established artists with contemporary art backgrounds, including artists such as Anish Kapoor, Bill Viola, Chung Chang-Sup, Candida Höfer, Gimhongsok, and Haegue Yang.

From Kukje Gallery, walk along the main street flanking Gyeongbok Palace to visit leading Korean galleries in Seoul. PKM Gallery, established in 2001 by Park Kyung-Mee, the commissioner of the Korean Pavilion at the 49th Venice Biennale, represents many influential and mid-career artists from Korea. Among these is the estate of Yun Hyong-keun, a key figure in the history of abstraction and Dansaekhwa in Korea. Barakat Contemporary, which opened in 2016, has an extensive programme that has exhibited the work of Michael Rakowitz, Shezad Dawood, and El Anatsui, among others. Arario Gallery, near Anguk subway station, has garnered a reputation for introducing Indian and Southeast Asian artists to Korea.

In more recent years, buoyed by the rise of a new generation of collectors in South Korea, accessibility to the broader Asia region, and the commitment by Frieze to host a Seoul art fair each year, international galleries have sought a presence in the city. Berlin-based Peres Projects can be found in Jongno, while Esther Schipper, Pace Gallery, Lehmann Maupin, Thaddeus Ropac, and Various Small Fires all have spaces in Yongsan-gu, a district famous for its vibrant nightlife in Itaewon. Yongsan-gu is also home to leading Korean galleries Gallery Baton, P21, and Whistle, known for their representations of up-and coming-Korean and international artists.

On the other side of Han River, which divides Seoul into Gangbuk (North of the River) and Gangnam (South of the River), Perrotin, Massimo de Carlo, KÖNIG GALERIE, JARILAGER Gallery, and Tang Contemporary Art have established spaces in the fashionable neighbourhood of Apgujeong. Seasoned Korean and international galleries can also be found in the wider Gangnam-gu, among them Gladstone Gallery, ONE AND J. Gallery, Seojung Art, and White Cube.

Arario Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea
Arario Gallery Current Exhibition:
Gisela McDaniel +1 more
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Baik Art contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea
Baik Art Current Exhibition:
MY Q +1 more
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Barakat Contemporary contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea
Barakat Contemporary Current Exhibition:
Farah Al Qasimi
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G Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea
G Gallery Current Exhibition:
Group Exhibition
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GALLERY2 contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea
GALLERY2 Current Exhibition:
Haekang Lee
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Kukje Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea
Kukje Gallery Current Exhibition:
Superflex +1 more
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Lehmann Maupin contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea
Lehmann Maupin Current Exhibition:
Billy Childish
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ONE AND J. Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea
ONE AND J. Gallery Current Exhibition:
Ahnnlee Lee
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P21 contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea
P21 Current Exhibition:
Taewon Ahn
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Pace Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea
Pace Gallery Current Exhibition:
Kenjiro Okazaki +1 more
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Peres Projects contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea
Peres Projects Upcoming Exhibition:
Anton Munar
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Perrotin contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea
Perrotin Current Exhibition:
Georges Mathieu
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SEOJUNG ART contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea
SEOJUNG ART Current Exhibition:
Lee Choun Hwan
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The Page Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea
The Page Gallery Current Exhibition:
Group Exhibition
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THEO contemporary art gallery in THEO, Seoul, South Korea
THEO Current Exhibition:
Group Exhibition
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Various Small Fires contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea
Various Small Fires Current Exhibition:
Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola
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White Cube contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea
White Cube Current Exhibition:
Marguerite Humeau
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Whitestone Gallery contemporary art gallery in Seoul, South Korea
Whitestone Gallery Current Exhibition:
Ahhi Choi +1 more
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Seoul exhibitions
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Our exhibition profiles include press releases, installation images, and for gallery spaces, a selection of artworks being shown in Seoul. They also include access to profiles on exhibiting artists. With the aim to present only the best of contemporary art on Ocula, our Members are determined by a selection committee of respected and influential international gallerists.

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Artists on show
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In Seoul you can view work by some of the world's most exciting Korean and international emerging artists. Below is a selection of artists with works currently on view in exhibitions showing with Ocula Member Galleries.

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The Wind Is Blowing by Yuki Saegusa contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Yuki Saegusa The Wind Is Blowing, 2020 Japanese ink, pen on golden folding screen
69.5 x 161.4 cm
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Map by Yuki Saegusa contemporary artwork painting, drawing
Yuki Saegusa Map, 2021 Acrylic gouache, pen on cardboard
96.4 x 194.8 cm
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Small House by Yuki Saegusa contemporary artwork painting, drawing
Yuki Saegusa Small House, 2023 Acrylic gouache, pen on cardboard
144.5 x 173.5 cm
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The Song of Neighbor by Ahnnlee Lee contemporary artwork
Ahnnlee Lee The Song of Neighbor, 2024 Mixed media on canvas
145.5 x 112.1 cm
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Do More by Gisela McDaniel contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Gisela McDaniel Do More, 2023 Oil on canvas, object from subject-collaborator, hair, sound
137.2 x 182.9 x 7.6 cm
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Before the Storm by Yuki Saegusa contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Yuki Saegusa Before the Storm, 2013 Acrylic gouache, pen on cardboard
61.7 x 145.5 cm
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Landscape for 『吽 (hum)』 by Yuki Saegusa contemporary artwork painting
Yuki Saegusa Landscape for 『吽 (hum)』, 2023 Oil on canvas
116.7 x 116.7 cm
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Puck by Ahnnlee Lee contemporary artwork
Ahnnlee Lee Puck, 2006–2024 FRP, oil, and wax on plywood
62.5 x 57.5 x 8 cm
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Events
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For those seeking an enriching experience of contemporary art in Seoul, Frieze Seoul and the Korea International Art Fair (Kiaf SEOUL) must not be missed. These two art fairs take place over what is now known in the global contemporary art calendar as Seoul Art Week in September, offering an immersive and enlightening journey into the heart of creativity and culture in Korea.

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Frieze Seoul, helmed by Patrick Lee, hosts over 100 of the world's leading contemporary art galleries showing group and solo booths. Showcasing an eclectic array of modern and contemporary artistic expressions, Frieze Seoul is an important global art world event to gauge the current state of the contemporary art market. Frieze returns to the Korean capital with Frieze Film, an initiative supporting the city's non-profit spaces, and the excitement of Frieze Music.

Similarly, Kiaf SEOUL stands as a testament to the city's dedication to both local and international artistic prowess. As a magnet for art enthusiasts and collectors, Kiaf SEOUL seamlessly melds traditional Korean art with the most recent global trends. The fair's carefully curated exhibitions not only provide a glimpse into the ever-evolving landscape of contemporary art, but also celebrate the city's rich cultural heritage. As a hub for cultural exchange, facilitating connections between artists, galleries, and visitors, Kiaf SEOUL fosters a deeper understanding of the artistic narrative both within Korea and on a global scale.

19–21 April 2024 ART OnO

Seoul, the capital city of South Korea for more than 600 years, is today the nation's cultural centre, housing many museums, galleries, and exhibition venues. The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA Seoul) lies at its heart in Jongno-Gu, next to the historic site of Gyeongbokgung Palace that served as the main royal palace in the Joseon period (1392–1910). This annex of the MMCA is wedged between old and contemporary architecture on palace grounds among various sculpture parks, which also double as outdoor exhibition spaces. In addition, the museum has eight exhibition halls, a video library, a movie theatre, and a food court.

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With its main branch based in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do, the MMCA Seoul branch opened in 2013 with the mission to deliver modern and contemporary art to the public. While its core exhibitions are permanent collections, the gallery features special exhibitions from iconic artists. Such artists include Marcel Duchamp, Yun Hyong-keun, Park Seo Bo, Choi Jeong Hwa, Shirin Neshat, Ai Weiwei, Hito Steyerl, and William Kentridge. The MMCA is also the site of prestigious awards such as the MMCA Hyundai Motor Series, dedicated to pioneering Korean artists, Young Korean Artists, and the Korea Artist Prize.

From Gyeongbokgung, take Seoul's Metro or—on a nice day—a ten- to twenty-minute walk to museums and galleries in the nearby Samcheong-dong. Kumho Museum of Art, founded in 1989 to promote Korean art, houses the works of prominent Korean artists who have shaped modern art. Since the mid-2000s, Kumho has also focused its programme on design and architecture.

Gallery Hyundai was founded in 1970 by the pioneering gallerist Park Myung-ja. One of the first galleries to introduce abstract art to Korea, Gallery Hyundai's aims to gain global recognition for Korea's most influential artists and has been integral in developing Korea's contemporary art infrastructure. Gallery Hyundai represents prominent international artists in Asia, such as Kang Ik-Joong, Kwon Young-Woo, and Moon Kyungwon, Iván Navarro, and Robert Indiana. In addition, it has helped foster the careers of major artists that have shaped the course of Korean art history.Nearby Kukje Gallery provides the opportunity for Korean art audiences to encounter the works of internationally acclaimed artists, including Anish Kapoor, Bill Viola, Candida Höfer, Gimhongsok, Haegue Yang, and Kimsooja. Arario Gallery has been a regular presence in Frieze New York and Art Basel in Hong Kong since the early 2000s, while PKM Gallery has consistently presented exhibitions of Korean and international artists whose artworks reflect contemporary art trends, such as Lee Bul, Olafur Eliasson, Bruce Nauman, and Katie Paterson.

Elsewhere in Seoul, contemporary art galleries Gallery Baton, Whistle, P21, and Mo J Gallery can be found in Yongsan-gu, a district famous for its vibrant nightlife in Itaewon, and other seasoned Korean contemporary galleries such as ONE AND J. Gallery and Seojung Art have taken residence in the famous Gangnam.

In the past decade, Seoul has emerged as an international art capital. Perrotin was among the first international galleries to open a branch in Jongno-gu in 2016, followed by JARILAGER Gallery in the same district. Both have since relocated their Seoul spaces to Gangnam. The year 2021 saw four major galleries, Pace Gallery, Gladstone Gallery, König Galerie, and Thaddeus Ropac, establish locations in Seoul.

Art lovers wanting to experience contemporary Korean culture alongside art may venture to the Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), which offers public exhibitions that address social issues. The contemporary and modern art museum, located in the former building of the Supreme Court of Korea, is operated by the Seoul City Council. In Dongdaemun district, designed by the acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid, Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)'s diverse exhibition program encompasses Korean and international design, fashion, and fine art.

Some of the privately-run art museums in Seoul are also worthwhile for their vast collections. The Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, which opened in 2004, mostly houses traditional Korean art, including 36 pieces recogniszed as national treasures. Architects Jean Nouvel, Rem Koolhaas, and Mario Botta designed its buildings.

Image: Illustration of South Korean landmarks by rawpixel.com.

Arario Gallery
85, Yulgok-ro
Jongno-gu
Seoul Current Exhibition:Gisela McDaniel
All These Parts Make Up Me
10 July–17 August 2024
Baik Art
74-13, Yulgok-ro 3-gil
Jongno-gu
Seoul Current Exhibition:MY Q
Make a Move
27 June–27 July 2024
Barakat Contemporary
58-4, Samcheong-ro
Jongno-gu
Seoul Current Exhibition:Farah Al Qasimi
Blue Desert Online
12 June–11 August 2024
BB&M
10, Seongbuk-ro 23-gil Seongbuk-gu
Seoul
Esther Schipper
6, Noksapyeong-daero 46ga-gil
Yongsan-gu
Seoul
G Gallery
B1
748, Samseong-ro
Gangnam-gu
Seoul Current Exhibition:Group Exhibition
Whimsical Whitespace
26 June–20 July 2024
Gallery Baton
116, Dokseodang-ro
Yongsan-gu
Seoul
Gallery Chosun
BF1, 2F
64, Buckchon-ro 5-gil
Jongno-gu
Seoul
GALLERY2
204, Pyeongchang-gil
Jongno-gu
Seoul Current Exhibition:Haekang Lee
4 July–3 August 2024
Gladstone Gallery
760, Samseong-ro
Gangnam-gu
Seoul
JARILAGER Gallery
12 Eonju-ro 165-gil
Gangnam-gu
Seoul
KÖNIG GALERIE
MCM Haus
412, Apgujeong-ro
Gangnam-gu
Seoul
Kukje Gallery
54, Samcheong-ro
Jongno-gu
Seoul Current Exhibition:Superflex
Fish & Chips
4 June–28 July 2024
LAB201
2F
27, Gangnamdaero 97-gil
Seocho-gu
Seoul
Lehmann Maupin
213, Itaewon-ro
Yongsan-gu
Seoul Current Exhibition:Billy Childish
now protected, I step forth
4 July–17 August 2024
Massimo De Carlo
5F, 31, Seolleung-ro 161-gil
Gangnam-gu
Seoul
Mo J Gallery
31, Hannam-daero 28ga-gil
Yongsan-gu
Seoul
ONE AND J. Gallery
26, Apgujeong-ro 60-gil
Gangnam-gu
Seoul Current Exhibition:Ahnnlee Lee
Ahnnlee Lee: Puck, Nocturnal Painting
7 July–18 August 2024
One And J.+1
Temporarily closed
Seoul
P21
66, Hoenamu-ro
Yongsan-gu
Seoul Current Exhibition:Taewon Ahn
PPURI
29 June–10 August 2024
Pace Gallery
2-3/F
267, Itaewon-ro
Yongsna-gu
Seoul Current Exhibition:Kenjiro Okazaki
Form at Now and Later
28 June–17 August 2024
Peres Projects
37, Yulgok-ro 1-gil
Jongno-gu
Seoul Upcoming Exhibition:Anton Munar
Solo Exhibition
4 September–17 November 2024
Perrotin
10, Dosan-daero 45-gil
Gangnam-Gu
Seoul Current Exhibition:Georges Mathieu
Georges Mathieu: 1960-1970
12 July–24 August 2024
PKM Gallery
40, Samcheong-ro 7-gil
Jongno-gu
Seoul
SEOJUNG ART
12, Bongeunsa-ro 47-gil
Gangnam-gu
Seoul Current Exhibition:Lee Choun Hwan
Contemplation
12 July–16 August 2024
SPACE SO
37 Donggyo-ro 17-gil
Mapo-gu
Seoul
Tang Contemporary Art
B2
6, Apgujeong-ro 75-gil
Gangnam-gu
Seoul
Thaddaeus Ropac
2F
122-1, Dokseodang-ro
Yongsan-gu
Seoul
The Columns Gallery
14, Unjungro 137beon-gil
Bundang-gu
Seongnam-si
Seoul
The Page Gallery
G205 Galleria Foret
32-14, Seoulsup 2-gil
Seoungdong-gu
Seoul Current Exhibition:Group Exhibition
The Weird and the Eerie
13 June–20 July 2024
THEO
B1F
55-3, Bongeunsa-ro68-gil
Gangnam-gu
Seoul Current Exhibition:Group Exhibition
Micro-atopos
22 June–26 July 2024
Various Small Fires
79, Dokseodang-ro
Yongsan-gu
Seoul Current Exhibition:Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola, Huh Myoungwook
Color Fields
13 July–24 August 2024
Whistle
3F
12, Hoenamu-ro 13-gil
Yongsan-gu
Seoul
White Cube
6, Dosan-daero
45-gil
Seoul Current Exhibition:Marguerite Humeau
DUST
7 June–17 August 2024
Whitestone Gallery
70 Sowol-ro
Yongsan-ku
Seoul Current Exhibition:Ahhi Choi
365 Inspiration
15 June–21 July 2024
Seoul Museum of Art | SeMA, Seoul Museum of Art
61, Deoksugung-gil
Jung-Gu
Seoul Current Exhibition:Meekyoung Shin
Celestial Whisper
4 June 2024–5 May 2025
Seoul Museum of Art | SeMA, SeMA Bunker
76 Yeoui-daero
Yeongdeungpo-gu
Seoul Current Exhibition:Group Exhibition
The 13th Seoul Mediacity pre-Biennale STATION - IMAGE COMMUNITY
16–28 July 2024
Seoul Museum of Art | SeMA, Nam Seoul Museum of Art
2076, Nambusunhwan-ro
Gwanak-gu
Seoul
Seoul Museum of Art | SeMA, Art Archives Museum of Art
101, Pyeongchangmunhwa-ro
Jongno-gu
Seoul
Seoul Museum of Art | SeMA, SeMA Nam June Paik Memorial House
12-1, Jong-ro 53-gil
Jongno-gu
Seoul
Seoul Museum of Art | SeMA, Buk-Seoul Museum of Art
1238, Dongil-ro
Nowon-gu
Seoul Current Exhibition:Group Exhibition
Make A Wish
23 April–4 August 2024
Seoul Museum of Art | SeMA, SeMA Nanji Residency
108-1, Haneulgongwon-ro
Mapo-gu
Seoul
Seoul Museum of Art | SeMA, SeMA Storage
684, Tongil-ro
Eunpyeong-gu
Seoul
SONGEUN Art and Cultural Foundation
441, Dosan-Daero
Gangnam-gu
Seoul
Alternative Space LOOP
20, Wausan-ro 29na-gil
Mapo-gu
Seoul Current Exhibition:Hyeokjong Lee, Hyojun Hyun
Residual
7 June–20 July 2024
Amorepacific Museum
100 Hangang-daero
Yongsan-gu
Seoul
DOOSAN Art Center DOOSAN Gallery
15 Jongno 33-gil,
Jongno-gu Doosan Art Center 1F
Seoul Current Exhibition:Group Exhibition
Gulp
10 July–10 August 2024
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art
60-16 Itaewon-ro 55-gil
Yongsan-gu
Seoul
MMCA | National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Seoul
30 Samcheong-ro 5-gil
Jongno-gu
Seoul
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